J2945

Commending James J. Connell, Jr. posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal

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J2945



Senate Resolution No. 2945

BY: Senator JORDAN

COMMENDING James J. Connell, Jr. posthumously upon
the occasion of his designation as recipient of a
Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York,
who have served so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this
country's freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace
in peacetime, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend James J.
Connell, Jr. posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as
recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate; and

WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
Resolution and is awarded to individuals who have merited special
commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of
their fellow New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, James Joseph Connell, Jr. was born to Alice (Merhige) and
James Joseph Connell, Sr. on October 28, 1951, in Albany, New York;
after he and his family moved to East Greenbush, New York, he graduated
from Columbia High School in 1971; later, he earned his degree in
journalism and photography from SUNY Morrisville in May of 1974; and

WHEREAS, James J. Connell, Jr. enlisted in the United States Marines
on October 3, 1971, and proudly served his country as a rifleman for six
years; and

WHEREAS, For his meritorious service, James J. Connell, Jr. was
awarded six commendations for exemplary service; and

WHEREAS, Upon the completion of his active duty service, James J.
Connell, Jr. worked as a freelance photo journalist for most of his
career, contributing to many Capital District newspapers such as the
Glens Falls Post Star and the Amsterdam Recorder; during the mid-1980s,
he was the managing editor for the Albany Colonie Yankees' monthly
publication; and

WHEREAS, From 1981-2000, James J. Connell, Jr. worked as a photo
journalist with the New York State Air National Guard, retiring with the
rank of Staff Sergeant after 19 years of service; during this time, he
also worked for the New York State Division of Military and Naval
Affairs for 15 years; and

WHEREAS, Never one to sit idle, James J. Connell, Jr. drove a school
bus for the City of Rensselaer for more than three years, and most
recently, he was a third base usher for the Philadelphia Phillies at
their spring training site in Clearwater, Florida; and

WHEREAS, As an extension of his military career, James J. Connell,
Jr. was also a lifelong Civil War enthusiast, historian, re-enactor with

the 125th C Company, and author of a book entitled A Lonely Battle
Stance; and

WHEREAS, James J. Connell, Jr. also enjoyed watching and rooting for
the New York Yankees, and loved to spend time with his wife of 45 years,
the former Gail E. Harwood; his two sons, Christopher (Shannon) and
James J. IV (Felicia); two daughters, Dena (Ian) and Michelle
(Patrick); and his 12 cherished grandchildren, Karlina, Cheyenne,
Damian, Savannah, Breanna, Angelina, Alyssa, Kiley, Olivia, Logan,
Abigail, and Casey; as his children were growing up, James J. Connell,
Jr. could often be found coaching them on the baseball or softball
diamond; and

WHEREAS, James J. Connell, Jr. died on July 23, 2019, at the age of
67; and

WHEREAS, Having exhibited his patriotism both at home and abroad,
James J. Connell, Jr. demonstrated his love for his country and merits
forevermore the highest respect of his State and Nation; and

WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended
and thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and
for their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend James J. Connell, Jr. posthumously upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed
upon an individual by the New York State Senate; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of James J. Connell, Jr.

actions

  • 03 / Mar / 2020
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 10 / Mar / 2020
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 10 / Mar / 2020
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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